Protection of Healthcare Information

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Patient information can now be found on paper as well as in the computer. The computer has made it easier for doctors and medical personnel to access patient information. A doctor can pull up labs, x-rays, etc right from his office or home. Our physicians have PDA’s and can look up information at lunch. While this makes the information more accessible, it also makes it a target for liability issues. Nurses have been terminated for looking up labs on a co-worker. With the right code you can pull up about anything. Hospitals and medical offices have had to implement rules concerning discussing patients in emails, etc. Most hospitals now have policies regarding looking up information on the computer to where you can not even look up your own information. Computer information has made patient care quicker and easier, but we have to make sure it is not costing our patients their right to privacy.

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